How to Clean a Bong in Less Than 3 Minutes - The Ultimate Guide!

May 18 , 2020

How to Clean a Bong in Less Than 3 Minutes - The Ultimate Guide!

A clean bong is a happy bong, but some times you just don’t have the time to spend all day scrubbing and cleaning a bowl. There has to be a better way to keep your pot bong clean without the hassle. 

There are a few quick ways to clean your bong parts at home:
  • Purchasing a resin cleaner or any of the other smoking pipe cleaners
  • Using apple cider vinegar and baking soda for cleaning your bong
  • Making an alcohol vinegar cleaner
  • Boiling water in glass bongs
  • Using a combination of coarse salt and alcohol

The method we will be focusing on in this guide is the alcohol and salt method, as we find it to be the most effective at the lowest cost. If you choose to clean bong with vinegar, it’s just as effective but needs to be done with baking soda instead of salt.

how to clean a bong Don't let your bong sit around covered in grime, especially when cleaning is so simple! @littlestheadshop

Best way to clean a pipe

There are many different ways to go about cleaning a pipe, but our preferred method is with alcohol and salt. This method is one of the least expensive options, involving items most people keep in their homes. We prefer this method for cleaning glass bong bowls, but it can be useful for cleaning dab rig or a silicon bong. 


Here’s what you’ll need for the best way to clean glass bong:

  • Hot Water
  • 70% Unscented Isopropyl Alcohol or higher (the higher the percentage the better; we recommend 90%)
  • Salt
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Hand Towels
  • Small baggies, storage containers, or mason jars
  • Bottlebrush or pipe cleaners (optional)


bong clean tokeSupplies needed are minimal. You most likely already have them! @Green Rush 

How to clean a bong - step by step guide

Now let’s get into the details of how to clean a glass pipe quickly with alcohol.


Step One: Empty the bong and take it apart

Before you can clean your bong, you’ll need to empty it of all its bong water and take it apart into individual pieces. You want your pipe to be completely disassembled so that you can thoroughly clean every inch of it.


Step Two: Rinse every piece of your bong with hot water

Running hot water over each part of your bong will help to dislodge all the loose surface resin, giving you a good starting point. You want to get the water as hot as possible without boiling. If you’re sensitive to the heat, dishwashing gloves can provide a safe barrier between your skin and the hot water.


Step Three: Place each bong piece in its own container

Take all the loose pieces (except the bong base; that’ll be cleaned later) and place them in their own independent containers. Then, pour at least 1/4 cup of 70% (or higher) rubbing alcohol and at least one tablespoon of salt in each container.
For the larger pieces that are in larger containers, we recommend using 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and two tablespoons of salt. Don’t stress over the proportions; they don’t have to be exact.


Step Four: Shake the containers carefully

Seal the containers up and shake them vigorously. Be careful and ensure the container is safely sealed; these pieces are glass after all. This will help to move the salt/alcohol solution throughout the pieces of your bong, working to break up the marijuana residue built up inside. 
Let the pieces soak for 10 to 15 minutes and then return to shake again. This will help reduce the time you’ll need to spend scrubbing with bong brushes. This will also make it much easier to figure out how to get resin out of a bowl quickly if you don’t have a bong brush or bong cleaners.


Step Five: Cleaning the bong base - pour salt in the bong base

Pour two to three tablespoons of salt (we recommend three) into the base of your bond. If you have a bigger bong, you may need to add up to four or five tablespoons; use your best judgment.
You want to put enough salt in the bong that some remains undissolved in the solution to increase the abrasiveness, helping to loosen the resin.


Step Six: Add alcohol to the bong base

Add at least 1/2 cup of 70% (or higher) rubbing alcohol into the base of your bong. Remember, if you have a larger bong, you may need more. Again, don’t stress over the exact ratio, relatively close is fine. 


Step Seven: Plug the holes of the bong base and shake

Using your hand towels, plug the holes in your bong base to keep the alcohol inside as you shake it up. You can also just use your hand, plastic wrap, or even cotton balls if the holes are small enough. Or, if you have them, you can use bong plugs.
Shake the bong vigorously to get the alcohol/salt solution throughout all areas of the bong base, continuing for over five minutes. Remember, every minute you spend doing this is a minute less you have to scrub with a brush.


Step Eight: Rinse everything thoroughly with hot water

Just as you did initially, you’re going to want to rinse everything with hot water, the hottest water you can stand. This will ensure you get all the salt and alcohol out of the bong. 
If some resin remains, as is often the case, break out the bong brush or some handy Q-tips to scrub it away. Once you’re done rinsing and scrubbing, rinse them again, then set them out to dry. 

Tips for the best way to clean a weed pipe

Now that you know how to clean a glass weed pipe, it’s time to give you some pro-tips to ease the process. 
  • You can repeat this process, giving your pipe two thorough cleanings if you haven’t cleaned it in a while.
  • Doing this monthly will make it easier to clean it in the future and prolong the life of your bong
  • You can also boil vinegar to remove smoke odour
  • Boiling alcohol is unnecessary
  • You also don’t need to boil vinegar
  • Try to avoid inhaling rubbing alcohol
  • Be careful to use only pipe cleaners, bong brushes, or Q-tips to scrub the resin off your piece so you can avoid tiny scratches from appearing on your glass bong.

pipe smoke marijuanaYou'll be smiling when you have your reinvigorated glass. @sbbongcleaning



Now that you know how to clean a pipe with rubbing alcohol, you’re all set to properly maintain your bong in the cheapest and most effective way. As we said above, there are many ways to clean your bong, so if this method doesn’t work for you, don’t stop searching for the right one! 
If you’d like to know more, you can research the following topics: 
  • Can I use hydrogen peroxide to clean my bong
  • How to clean a pipe without alcohol
  • How often should you clean your bong
  • The best cleaner to use on your glass bong
  • How to protect your bong from breaking
Cheers to clean bongs that make happy stoners!

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Written by: Megan Medeiros | Cover Photo by: Key to Cannabis

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